Thinking of buying a new home? That’s an exciting time in your lives. And once you find that dream home, it can be very easy to overlook problems that could cost you thousands and thousands of dollars later on.
Don’t take chances. Hire the certified, highly trained home inspectors at Twin Palms Inspections. We will thoroughly inspect your home to make sure you know exactly what you are buying. Make sure your dream home doesn’t turn into a nightmare. Call Twin Palms Inspections today.
And remember – with Twin Palms Inspections, you are protected by the InterNACHI Buy Back Guarantee.
Mold can be a dangerous, hidden contaminant in a home. It grows best in places that are difficult or nearly impossible to see. But if let unattended, mold can cause serious health problems for you and your loved ones. Before you buy any home, make sure you hire Twin Palms Inspections to inspect for mold so you know for certain that your Florida home is safe. Call Today!
Homeowners can receive substantial credits for outfitting their homes with windstorm mitigation features that withstand or are more resistant to high winds.
We highly recommend that Florida homeowners, especially those living in more hurricane-prone regions, consider investing in wind mitigation features.
Wind mitigation is the process of adding features to your home that help withstand or increase resistance to high winds caused by a major storm or hurricane.
According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, 15% – 70% of home insurance premiums in Florida can be attributed to wind-damage risk. While there is an upfront cost involved, outfitting your home with wind mitigation features can result in significant long-term savings.
Wind Mitigation Techniques
Seal your roof deck, or the layer in between the primary structure and the insulating layer of your roof, to prevent water intrusion that may otherwise occur if roof shingles blow away in extreme wind or from flying debris. This also provides an extra layer of insulation, making your home more energy efficient.
Roof to Foundation Anchoring
Reinforce your home’s walls to the roof and foundation to establish a continuous load path. This enables the outer structure of your home to resist strong winds.
Window and Door Coverings
There are several options available to help protect windows and other openings from the impact of strong wind and flying debris. Popular options include shatterproof windows and storm shutters. Hurricane-rated doors are recommended, especially for garage doors with large openings. Additional bracing can also be installed on existing garage doors.
Conducting Wind Mitigation Inspections
Generally, a wind mitigation inspection is needed to determine which credits apply to a home. During a wind mitigation inspection, we look for key features and add-ons that reduce the amount of damage your home may suffer in the event of a hurricane or strong windstorm.
A “Four Point Inspection” focuses only on four main areas of interest in a home:
· HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
ᐧ Electrical Wiring and Panels
ᐧ Plumbing Connections and Fixtures
The inspection and report describes the condition and age of these elements.
Why do I need a four point inspection?
Insurance companies have become increasingly reluctant to issue Homeowner Insurance Policies on older homes (usually 25 years old or more).
Their common concern is that there may be conditions in an older home that could become a liability to them. For instance; a home with a roof nearing the end of its reliable service life may fail while under the policy and the homeowner may seek reimbursement from their insurance company for damages to the home or its contents. Similar concerns extend to the condition of the HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems in an older home. If these elements are in poor condition, in need of being updated or replaced or were improperly installed, they could fail and cause a fire or water damage to a home.
Newer homes are assumed (by the insurance companies) to not have recurring issues, as frequently as older homes.
Insects can do a lot of damage to a house – very much of it hidden from plain view. Before you invest in your new home, invest in a thorough pest inspection by the highly trained home inspectors at Twin Palms Inspections. We serve Collier and Lee counties in SW Florida.
Our inspectors will perform a thorough inspection of the home you are planning to purchase. Our detailed report will determine exactly what type of mold is in the home. If there are problems, you’ll know exactly what to expect before you close on your new home.
When it comes to the health of your family or employees, you can’t afford to take chances. So when it comes to radon, it’s imperative that you get answers. Exposure to radon can result in a number of serious health issues. And while older homes and buildings are more likely to fall victim to radon problems, those who work or reside in newer structures are also at risk. At Twin Palms Inspections, we offer comprehensive radon inspections and tests designed to give you the answers you need and the peace of mind you deserve. We are always ready to help, call today!
The septic system should be inspected once a year, including as soon as the house is put on the market for sale. This will enhance the home’s value and avoid any liability issues that might result from a malfunctioning system. It is in the interest of a prospective buyer to insist that the septic system be inspected before they purchase the home if it has not been done recently.
The Septic Tank will be pumped to remove accumulated sludge on the tank bottom and to check for cracks in the walls and floor of the tank.
Baffles will be examined to insure proper operation.
The drainfield will be inspected for proper operation.
Ensure that the system is large enough for the home that it serves.
Check for liquid waste that has made its way to the ground surface. This condition is unsanitary and indicates that the system is overloaded.
Make sure that the tank is watertight so that wastewater does not contaminate groundwater, and groundwater does not flow into the tank and cause it to overfill.
If riser lids are present, they should be inspected for cracks and they should be secured.
Make sure that the baffles are firmly connected to the tank’s inlet and outlet pipes. Drain lines should each receive the same amount of wastewater. They can be examined by opening the distribution box. If the box becomes tipped or clogged, it will disproportionately allocate effluent, and potentially flood sections of the drainfield.
Pre Warranty Expiration Inspection Much more thorough & detailed than most builder warranties. We do this for 2 reasons:
1 If there’s a problem, you want to know about it, even if the builder isn’t going to fix it.
2. Often times we find that even if the fine print of a builder’s warranty excludes a particular area, when a Licensed Professional Home Inspector shows that it wasn’t built properly, or doesn’t meet industry standards, they’re going to fix it anyway.
So, our inspection includes everything…
Site Grounds & Grading Lot Area Foundation Exterior & Structure Exterior Walls Porches, Decks, Patios Roofing Components Soffit & Fascia Gutters & Downspouts Attic & Attic Access Insulation Electrical Systems & Components Heating & Cooling System Plumbing Systems Interior Components Walls, Floors & Ceilings Doors & Windows Interior Surfaces Garage / Carport Kitchen & Bathrooms Appliances Irrigation System Chinese Drywall Infrared Scan
That inspection starts at $375 for homes up to 2,500 sq. ft. (additional fee for larger homes).